Power Is Responsibility

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LAST week, I wrote about how being responsible translates to having power. Today, a reader writes why having power is a responsibility.

"Thank you for writing that responsibility is power. I have always thought that responsibility is a burden that ordinary people like myself have to carry. Everyday of my life, whether I want to or not, I have to wake up early to catch the jeep, then the MRT that brings me to office. Even when I feel sick, I don't file for a leave, kasi I might need it when I am really sick. But the story about the police comptroller really made me sick. I have never been out of the country. I have never even been to Boracay. Perhaps, when I retire, I might go back to Bicol and look at the beach in Caramoan which, I understand is the new Boracay. A group of policemen went to Russia with their wives presumably for a conference. They carry more than 2 million pesos among them. Then, one of them had P7 million for contingencies. Sarap naman niya.

Sa office namin (gobyerno din ako), kahit SDO (special disbursing officer) ka, you cant give yourself money for so-called contingency. It must be authorized by somebody higher than yourself. At hindi ganoon kalaki. Seven million? Wow, kahit mag retire ako ngayon, di ako makakakita nang ganong pera. What about you? (Hindi rin) Naging SDO din ako for petty cash. Like kung may uutusan na messenger sa Makati at kailangan ang pamasahe, doon mo kukunin. Pero R5,000 lang iyon at kailangang i-liquidate mo pag naubos. Di mo nga puedeng dalahin sa bahay kasi pag nag cash-count at wala ang pera sa office, kakasuhan ka. May alam akong treasurer na taga Cebu na iniwan yong pera sa bahay nya dahil walang kaha sa opisina. …